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Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan to speak at News-Journal's Best of Preps event, May 22
The News-Journal's Best of Volusia/Flagler Preps Awards is May 22 at the Ocean Center. This event celebrates and honors the accomplishments of the 2016-2017 All-Star high school student athletes. Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan is the featured special guest. Ryan will share lessons he's learned and memories he's made during his career, as well as the Falcons winning season and their road to the Super Bowl. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets, which may be purchased for $50, include dinner, the awards ceremony and presentation. General admission seating is first-come, first-served in proximity to speaker. Best of Volusia/Flagler Preps is presented by The Daytona Beach News-Journal and sponsored by Halifax Health, Daytona Hyundai, Jon Hall Chevrolet and ICI Homes. For more information, visit www.gatehouselive.com/expos/sports/daytona.

Registration open for annual Bacon Beatdown Crossfit Competition, June 23-25
Hard 2 Kill Athletics will present The Bacon Beatdown Crossfit Competition June 23-25 at the Ocean Center. Registration has already opened for this competition, which features the Bacon Beatdown Food Truck Festival, Craft Beer Festival, competition and more! The Bacon Beatdown has been held at the Ocean Center since 2014. More than 4,000 people attended last year's event. For more information, visit http://thebaconbeatdown.com/.

New artwork in Ocean Center's ECHO Gallery
New artwork is on display in the Ocean Center's Ecological, Cultural, Heritage and Outdoor (ECHO) Gallery. The new artwork focuses on Volusia County’s abundance of breathtaking natural vistas, charming cultural sites and captivating recreational areas. Collectively, these places have been captured over time through thousands of eye-catching and often whimsically colorized, picture-perfect postcards. In the Ocean Center ECHO Gallery, gathered are just a few highlights of these historical mementos. The sampling features ECHO locales from all quadrants of the greater Volusia County region, from Ormond Beach to DeBary and from the St. Johns River to Ponce Inlet. Residents and visitors can view the artwork and tour the 5,000-square-foot gallery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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